The President of the United States is striking back with both barrels- one pointed at China, and the other pointed at antagonistic journalists in the White House Press Room.
Speaking earlier today, President Donald J. Trump condemned the Chinese Communist Party for being so secretive about the severity of the Wuhan Virus, going to great lengths to censor reports and make the situation appear as if it was under control.
“Could have been stopped pretty easily if we had known,” Trump said. “If everybody had known about it a number of months before people had started reading about it.”
President Trump was interrupted by NBC’s Kristen Welker, who was cut off with a kurt “Excuse me.”
“The whole world is suffering because of it,” the president added.
President Trump noted that he felt the United States was fairly prepared, but that the media effectively fanned the flames of panic among the American people, causing them to go out and hoard critical supplies, such as personal protective masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and other items medical personnel desperately need.
Furthermore, the president stated that he had previously called for travel bans to prevent the Chinese from coming stateside, but lamented that he was denounced by the media.
“The media has not treated it fairly,” told Welker. “I called for a ban from people coming in from China long before anybody- in fact, it was your network, I believe they called me a racist because I did that.”
“They know it’s true,” Trump added. “But they don’t want to write about it.”
When pressed to comment about the US Congressmembers who tested positive for the virus, President Trump stated that he didn’t know if they had followed “social distancing” protocol- but noted the media were notably close together in the press pool.
“You are actually sitting too close,” he said. “Really, we should probably get rid of about another 75-80% of you. I’ll have just two or three that I like in this room.”
Though it was implied that the president was making a joke, his remarks were seemingly taken in a rather personal way by some of the journalists, who began to murmur amongst themselves.
“You two, you should leave,” Trump said. “Immediately.”
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